WHITLOCK ELEVENTH IN NAPA AUTO PRO 100 MONTREAL, QC : Dave Whitlock and thirty of Canada's best stock car drivers took part in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series event at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve this weekend in conjunction with the NASCAR ...
WHITLOCK ELEVENTH IN NAPA AUTO PRO 100
MONTREAL, QC : Dave Whitlock and thirty of Canada's best stock car drivers took part in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series event at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve this weekend in conjunction with the NASCAR Busch Series inaugural event in Canada. Whitlock driver of the No. 39 Dickies/Hamilton Tiger Cats/NMT Dodge Charger finished eleventh after lining up to start the NAPA Auto Pro 100 in seventh.
Whitlock again fielded a three car team this weekend as Pierre Bourque driver of the #29 Driving.ca/ Conservative Party Dodge Charger joined him and regular teammate Mark Dilley in the #9 Dodge sponsored Avenger.
Friday's practice sessions saw Whitlock continuously posting times in the top ten and time in with a solid seventh place qualifying effort later in the day.
The green flag fell on the field for the start of the NAPA Auto Pro 100 at 10:30 on Saturday morning prior to the running of the Busch event - the NAPA Auto Pro 200 presented by Dodge for the Busch Series teams later in the afternoon.
Whitlock with some help from other drivers was shuffled back to fourteenth on the first lap but he quickly made up the positions and by lap nine was back into the top ten. Late in the race while running in eighth another competitor turned the No. 39 Dickies Dodge Charger around and by the time Whitlock got going again he was back in thirteenth. With only three laps remaining the No.39 driver was only able to make up two of those positions to finish eleventh. "We had one of the best road course cars I have ever had here today and we were just running in eighth and taking our time moving up through the field when I got taken out," stated a disappointed Whitlock. "Eleventh is okay but when you know you had a fifth or sixth place car it's small consolation."
Kerry Micks made a last lap, last corner pass for the second year in a row at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve to take the checkered flag from hometown favourite Andrew Ranger. Third place was Robin Buck, followed by D.J. Kennington and Scott Steckly rounding out the top five.
The Whitlock Motorsports team now find themselves in eighth position in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series point standings heading into event number seven Saturday August 11th at Mosport Speedway. Last years running of this event under the CASCAR banner, saw the Whitlock team come away with the checkered flag a feat they hope to duplicate this year.